Meditation and the Japa Mala.
They say that it’s one of the best things you can do. Better than flossing.
But it’s not easy to sit silently and empty the mind. It’s not easy to build a daily practice of stillness.
Lately I’ve been starting each morning doing Japa Mala Mantra Meditation…. Hmmm? What’s that? You’ve never?
Oh, I like it. It’s one of those strange tangent things you get into after you’ve been doing a physical yoga practice for years.
America get ready.
So, Japa meditation, let’s see… you’ve heard of Rosary Beads? It’s like that, but Hindu… I guess all the
major religions have some sort of prayer beads.
In yogic teachings… us humans have the ‘monkey mind’ to deal with. One of the goals
of a yogi is to step past those animal instincts, those lower mundane functions, and to push higher on the spiritual path…
Mala beads make it easier to get into a daily meditation practice.
Keeping your hands busy, and giving that monkey mind a focus in the physical world— allows for another part of your brain to
clear. The meditation technique uses the japa mala as a tool to set the linear and practical part of the brain off in the corner with a
coloring book, so that a deeper part of your consciousness can have some quiet time. Allowing the awake brain to have a peaceful
moment, stepping away from the constant chatter and stress, and tick tick ticking.
Most of us in Fast Paced America have non-stop weeks with too many things on the checklist and not enough hours in the day.
Getting into this type of meditation routine, that might utilize ten to thirty minutes of the day, helps to anchor your deeper self to
the truth that most of your list is a bunch of headache. Having a meditation practice is reserving a bit of each day to quiet and
peace. And it can do wonders for your clarity and sanity.
We’ve been doing a Ganesh mantra. It’s definitely leaning towards Hindu religion. The sanskrit mantra is repeated a hundred and
eight times. Invoking the qualities of Ganesh. Namely the ability to bust through obstacles.
‘Om Gam Ganapataye Namah’ Ganapataye is a name for Ganesh, ‘the remover of obstacles’
Gam is his ‘seed sound’
Namah, here pronounced ‘Nama-ha’ is a bowing to, and a dissolving into.
and Om is… well they say it’s the echo of the universe.
I like the idea of time being round, and cycles happening again and again. One of the cool philosophies of repeating mantra is being
able to tap into thousands of years of humans meditating on these sounds and vibrations.
It’s funny that when it gets labeled ‘new age thinking’ it’s often times the thoughts of the earliest scholarly work and language.
People who are real into these thought processes will tell you that Sanskrit comes from an older place. Like older than life on earth.